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Ryanair Cuts Fuel Costs In Bizarre Ways (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/ 5/2012 8:35 am Updated: 04/ 5/2012 8:35 am

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Oh Ryanair. We can always count on you for a good laugh.

The budget European airline is once again up to its tricks, this time in dealing with rising fuel costs. The airline has announced that it will print its in-flight magazine (that will also double as an in-flight menu) on thinner paper, which will save the airline thousands of pounds in fuel and printing costs, according to The Telegraph. Ryanair will also cut the amount of ice taken on board the plane and reduce the weight of seats and carts.

But the real kicker is what flight attendants have been asked to do. Airline spokesman Stephen McNamara told The Telegraph: "We encourage staff to watch their weight – with the motivation of appearing in the annual Ryanair calendar.” (See the overly sexy calendar below.)

Think that's insane? Thai Airways requested the same of its flight attendants last March; the airline provided required BMI and waist line measurements and told employees they had six months to lose the weight. In August 2010, Turkish Airlines gave 28 flight attendants six months to lose weight or face termination.

Check out the calendar of flight attendants -- for which the airline is now asking them to maintain their weight -- below.

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  • Nok Air, a Thai airline, used Maxim models for it's 2013 calendar.

  • Nok Air, a Thai airline, used Maxim models for it's 2013 calendar.

  • Nok Air, a Thai airline, used Maxim models for it's 2013 calendar.

  • Ryanair's 2013 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2013 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2013 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2013 Calendar

  • Ryanair debuts 2013 calendar

  • Ryanair debuts 2013 calendar

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

    With CEO Michael O'Leary

  • Ryanair's 2012 Calendar

  • Ryanair's 2008 Calendar

    Stills from the 2008 calendar. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ryanair chief executive launches Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2011

    Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary launches Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2011

  • Making of the Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2009

    Cabin crew girls in bikinis, planes, music, fun and frolics, Spain 2008. Check out more behind the scenes footage at www.ryanairmag.com

  • Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2010

    The making of the Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2010 on location in Alicante

  • Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar 2011

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Filed by Kate Auletta  |